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    A Farewell To Sage Reviews

     Nov 19 2013 | more 

    Sage bids farewell to the series that has made him into what he is today the only way he knows how: by counting down the ten best and worst games he ever reviewed.

    • matt6996

      will be missed

    • Svetoslav Savov

      gg sage

    • slayride

      Gonna miss these reviews man. Nobody else brought such a great mix of in-depth analysis and how they felt about the game in their reviews. And you are right, if that is how you truly feel about Bioshock 2, you lost a bit of integrity. And as much as you’d like to think this is the last one, I still think you owe yourself one more. You need to redo the Bioshock 2 review, for you to heal your integrity. Only then can this be truly complete.

    • Carteeg_Struve

      Even when I disagreed, I respected the level of detail SR brought to the analysis. Here’s to what’s past, and here’s to what’s to come.

    • Josh

      Now that you’re not doing game reviews anymore, have you considered doing album reviews. Maybe a Music Abandon series perhaps?

    • DarkVeghetta

      Here’s to you Sage Reviews. A standard was set and it shall not be forgotten.

      *as the lights dim on the stage and the curtain falls, the only sound in the room is that of hands clapping – solemnly and joyfully at once, remembering the grand past and celebrating the hopeful future*

    • wetmang

      See now I don’t have someone to tell me about the newest games. Someone that I know has good taste and isn’t just repeating IGN and Kotaku articles. Someone that can look at even his favorite game objectively and give logical reasons why a game is better than others, as opposed to just opinion. A Sage.

    • TheBlondBaka

      From the moment I first started watching you game reviews I was hooked and eagerly awaited the next one, they we’re fun, funny and insightful.

      What ever other projects you move onto be assured this is one fan who will continue to support and watch =)

    • Karl Vagnemark

      Fantastic last review! Always loved your reviews but I suppose its like you said, things cant always stay the same.
      Thanks anyways and good luck, I’ll keep watching anime abandon so we’ll meet again.

    • LotusPrince

      I mostly dug your “ten worst” list, but I must disagree with Bioshock 2, especially because it wasn’t technically flawed, like some of the other games on your list. It not only was playable, but it played well. If anything bothered me, it was Bioshock 1. Talk about derivative. It is THE SAME. EXACT. GAME as System Shock 2. I’m not kidding. I called the plot twist hours before it happened, solely because I’d played SS2. Anyone can buy SS2 on GoG now (or watch my Let’s Play, hurr hurr) to see how painfully similar it is, almsot to the point of being identical, to the first Bioshock.

      Bioshock 2 may have been linear, but at least it was its own thing. Its battle system was excellent. It encouraged me to use diverse attack strategies on enemies for the purpose of camera research. Hell, its battle system kicked the ass of Bioshock Infinite’s battle system. The plot wasn’t anything to write home about, but I was just excited that it wasn’t the same exact game that I’d played a freaking decade earlier on Windows 95. What Bioshock 2 lacked in plot inspiration it more than made up for with its gameplay.

    • LotusPrince

      I mostly dug your “ten worst”
      list, but I must disagree with Bioshock 2, especially because it wasn’t
      technically flawed, like some of the other games on your list. It not
      only was playable, but it played well. If anything bothered me, it was
      Bioshock 1. Talk about derivative. It is THE SAME. EXACT. GAME as
      System Shock 2. I’m not kidding. I called the plot twist hours before
      it happened, solely because I’d played SS2. Anyone can buy SS2 on GoG
      now (or watch my Let’s Play, hurr hurr) to see how painfully similar it
      is, almsot to the point of being identical, to the first Bioshock.

      Bioshock 2 may have been linear, but at least it was its own thing.
      Its battle system was excellent. It encouraged me to use diverse attack
      strategies on enemies for the purpose of camera research. Hell, its
      battle system kicked the ass of Bioshock Infinite’s battle system. The
      plot wasn’t anything to write home about, but I was just excited that it
      wasn’t the same exact game that I’d played a freaking decade earlier on
      Windows 95. What Bioshock 2 lacked in plot inspiration it more than
      made up for with its gameplay.

      That said, I loved all of your entries for your “best” list, and I can see that this entire video was a great blast to the past, for both good and bad. Congratulations on your long-lived series, and good luck with your others!

    • Sean Hood

      That’s just un-called for. Just because he doesn’t like the game and he explained his reasons.

      That being said I do think his reasons are shallow. You hate that game the most because you felt you didn’t hit it as hard as you could.

      That doesn’t it make it a bad game. I mean it if was Ten or something that’s fine. I understand it. I think you have a point that it doesn’t match Bioshock 1. It’s still a compentent game, above average, it’s not inherently broken, it isn’t insulting like a lot of the other games you mentioned.

      I mean the fact that you put Bioshock 2 as number one and the Call Juarz Cartel doesn’t beat it out. I think you need to rethink that sir.

    • Racecarlock

      You’re more my anime guy anyways. I have plenty of gaming reviewers. The show that you do that is special to me is and has always been anime abandon. Can’t wait to see the next episodes of that,

    • moshpitmachine

      Sage i have to say that i am sorry to see Sage Reviews go. This was the series that introduced me to your work and I am really going to miss it. I have been happy to watch you as a grow as a reviewer and i love your work with anime abandon. I honestly think that out of all of the reviewers i watch you are probably the only one who can hit me on an emotional level. You have a gift for bringing out the nostalgia i feel for anime and video games to the point where i had to start gathering up all of my old OVA’s again. It wasnt good enough to download them i had to go out and find the old school, back of the video store, dust covered VHS that i bought all those years ago. Thanks for the memories and i look forwards to your future work. Take care

    • Inlikeflynn

      I’m sorry to see Sage Reviews go, good sir; I’ll admit, I enjoy more your anime reviews, but your game reviews were very fun to watch if just to hear your opinion on a game, I’m looking forward to what you offer in the future; take care.

      On a side note: I think is unfair of you to put Bioshock 2 has the worst game you have ever reviewed, I think the other games you added before are far worst like Call of Juarez The Cartel or Kane & Lynch 2… but Bioshock 2? I don’t even think is ONE of the worst you have reviewed… I think is a very good game in comparison to your average FPS like CoD and the story was well told and centered. My point is, if you like Bioshock 1 more than 2, that’s ok; but calling it the worst of the worst is going a little too far…

      • MetalReese

        I think the message he’s getting across is Bioshock 2 is his worst reviewed because he wasn’t being honest about how he felt of the game.

    • ANNONNY

      DMC, never forget…NEVER FORGIVE!!!!

      Hah, but yeah, I never took them to seriously and thought of them more as a personal opinion then a “critics review” so they where kind of nice.

      Much in the same way you would take reviews by random players at a higher face value in most cases then something like Gamespot, Metacritic, etc., etc.

    • Elasmo

      Man did I hate Mass Effect 2. Probably because I loved Mass Effect 1 so much. They stripped out the RPG elements, which is why I play games.

    • birdy the critic

      It’s a shame you aren’t doing these anymore because I will miss these. In regards to your list, I haven’t played any of the games on your bad list except Bioshock 2, which was awful both from a production standpoint (delayed release for over a year) and from a game-play point (PARTICULARLY as a sequel to Bioshock), so here’s what I think of your Good Games list.

      10-Heard lots of good things. Haven’t played first Dead space. I like the series enough that I really should. Yet another game I need to play before I put the current gen behind me.

      9-Probably the most fun I had with any of the rhythm games. I fondly remember going over to people’s houses and pathetically attempting to follow the lyrics of my favorite rock songs. I may have sucked at it, but it was a fun game.

      8- LA Noire is a good game, but it had no reason to be open world. There was literally NOTHING to do in the world outside of the case bits. So while I appreciate all of the attention to detail in the recreation of LA and the amount of detail put into the story and detective bits, it should have just transitioned through all of the detective bits without having you drive you a giant empty city.

      7- God I love this game. A distinct, unique, intriguing world. A simple but effective story. Game-play mechanics and story progression that give the player lots of choices for how to finish the game. Everything about this game screams “Give us DLC” to better explore and understand the world. There hasn’t been much yet, but I hope there will be more.

      6-This game took everything the first Borderlands did right, and fixed everything it did wrong. It had a better villain, a clearer more concrete story, more definition to the main characters from both Borderlands games, and enough variation in the level designs and environments that the world seemed far more well-developed and thought out. Still one of the most fun co-op games I’ve ever played.

      5- Never played it because I don’t own a PS3, but I REALLY REALLY want to. Seems exactly like the kind of game I love to play.

      4- I love DC (older DC not this New 52 bs). I love a good fighting game. I should really pick this game up now that they have released the ultimate edition with all of the DLC. A fun way to spend a slow afternoon.

      3- Looking back, my only problems with this game are that it was too short, the encounter with Killer Croc was a joke, and that the boss battle with Bane was a load of horse manure. Other than that, one of my favorite games ever. So much so that years after I stupidly got rid of my old copy, I both an ultimate edition of it to replay. Still a boatload of fun to sneak up on guys and pummel them into the pavement.

      2- Again. No PS3. Still REALLY REALLY want to play this game.

      1-I love Mass Effect 2. It was easily my favorite of the Mass Effect games. It technically did not advance the plot of the trilogy that much, but I loved the character arcs, the modifications to the combat system, and all of the cool DLC story arcs, characters and weapons. Easily one of my favorite games of the current generation.
      Well that’s all. I look forward to more Anime Abandon and maybe hearing more reviews of games on Super Toolshed. Good luck Sage.

    • Michael D. Ricke Jr.

      Does anyone know the title of the first track in this video?

    • Isaac FluffyWolf Rader

      Bioshock 2 was kinda unneeded. I’ll admit that. Still, it’s a Bioshock game that let you dual-wield plasmids and guns, and you could cause some truly hilarious moments in its combat, so I must respectfully disagree.

    • Ultris07

      I think you should have reviewed older games rather than new games, I think that is what your downfall was.

    • Jessy McKalen

      For the most part, I’d either considered and dismissed the games on your worst list, hadn’t ever heard of them, or played them and wasn’t impressed.

      Except BioShock2.

      To say I loved this would be greatly understating things. It had some of my favorite game moments, much more than even the first BioShock. I don’t think anything can quite beat the power of Andrew Ryan’s “a man chooses, a slave obeys” as the last word of an antagonist, but I felt like I bounced from one deep moment to the next as I went through BS2. More than that, I could never feel all that much malice towards Andrew Ryan. He was a meglomaniac and completely indifferent to the well-being of the people he ruled over, but he was depicted as a villain who had no specific hatred for you and largely regarded you as a small issue to be batted aside like a buzzing fruit fly. There was even a sense that in some way, he pitied you as a pathetic puppet who couldn’t even understand your situation until it was made unmistakably clear.

      For me, Sophia Lamb was a totally different universe of villain, and achieved that rare feat of making me despise her personally–and that’s very impressive, inasmuch as she’s nothing more than a character in a game. She wasn’t merely a meglomaniac harming her adherents but had a very specific, very focused malice towards the player’s character, to the point that she would destroy anything and anyone that got between her and destroying you… which led to one of the most chilling (to me) moments in the game where you realize just how evil she actually is. It also had one of the most rewarding branch endings, and it was fun beyond description having a sidekick in the final battle. I’m convinced that the success of using Eleanor Lamb as an extremely useful sidekick NPC is what led to the decision to make Elizabeth fulfill a similar role in Bioshock Infinite (although I strongly hated Infinite, except for Elizabeth).

      I also really loved the gameplay, every element of the gameplay, and felt like I was playing the new, improved, and upgraded version of the first game–which is what a sequel should always do. So it’s hard for me to understand you disliking the game, much less regarding it as your top worst game you’ve ever reviewed.

      As to the best… I’d heard of all of them (I can’t imagine anyone who hasn’t), fully agreed with your thumbs-up for the ones I played, an I think ME2 as your top choice is an excellent one. ME2 is why ME3 got angst: every character in ME2 got to be excellent, even the characters I emphatically disliked (Samarra and Miranda). When they tossed gamers a DLC, we got very fun additional characters who were fleshed-out enough to form a connection with, and when they gave you some ME1 characters back, you (or at least I) did a little happy Snoopy dance. If ME2 had some ME1 levels of customization, it would have been just straight-out perfect but the missing piece didn’t matter enough to think about while I was playing. And really, the grave of the Normandy was heart-wrenchingly somber and PERFECT unlike any other moment in any other game I’ve ever played. And, naturally, beating the odds on the suicide mission was rewarding as hell, especially since you got mini-rewards throughout the mission by assigning the right people to the right mission.

    • Nick Kaldis

      Wow, I can’t believe I have never seen this video. I’ve known of its existence for awhile, but I have avoided it because farewell type videos always make me sad.

      I had no idea that it contained, rather stealthily, countdowns of the best and worst of the games you have reviewed. And it starts with Corridors of Time, probably my favorite games music of all time; good show chap.

      I sadly did not keep up with the newer reviews as they came out. I’ve only recently watched them back to back, only to rediscover my sadness of their eventual discontinuation.